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Render Unto Caesar What is Caesar's

Tara Ross

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Misgivings about Judge Roy Moore's refusal to obey a ruling.

I recently found myself listening to a speech by Roy Moore, the Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice who installed--and then refused to remove--a Ten Commandments monument in his court's rotunda. The crowd was overjoyed to see him. When he stood up to address his audience, the people roared in approval. He received one of the longest and most enthusiastic standing ovations I have ever seen.

Meanwhile, I sat. I may have been the only person in the audience who remained seated throughout the speech. It was intensely uncomfortable.

Perhaps one of the hardest parts of remaining seated was that I agree with Justice Moore, up to a point. I do not believe the First Amendment is violated merely because a state's citizens, through their elected officials, choose to post a copy of the Ten Commandments in a public building. I believe that the courts have often done more to promote freedom from religion than freedom of religion. I would like to see Justice Moore's Ten Commandments remain in the Alabama Supreme Court rotunda.

If the story had stopped there, perhaps I could have joined the standing ovation. But it didn't. Justice Moore did more than merely pursue his case through the courts. When the rulings did not come out his way, he decided not to follow the federal court order to remove the monument from the court rotunda. He thumbed his nose at the rule of law.

Read the entire article on The American Enterprise Institute website.



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